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2020 Girls Program:

 
  • Weather permitting, 3rd-8th grade girls will start the season on Saturday, March 7th 
  • Blue Wave Buddies begins March 28th
  • The House League season will end with a round robin championship BBQ all players and families on May 17th
  • The full schedule can be found under the documents tab on the left hand side of the homepage (PDF file - weekly schedule) 
  • Please also check the website for date, time and location of pracitecs and games as they can change due to weather and other situations beyond our control  
 
2020 Tentative Travel Tryouts - WEATHER PERMITTING

7th & 8th Grade     Sat, March 7th - Thurs, March 12th

5th & 6th Grade     Sat, March 14th - Thurs, March 19st  

  

The Darien Youth Lacrosse program's philosophy is to promote skill development, sportsmanship, team play and love of the lacrosse. Please note that times below are subject to change for reasons beyond our control. We ask that you check the website for field or time changes before heading to the field.    


HOUSE LEAGUE

Blue Wave Buddies (1st and 2nd Graders)

  • Clinics Saturdays 5-6pm, beginning March 28, 2020
  • Players are coached by the 8th grade girls (with adult supervision)
  • Focus is on lacrosse fundamentals with emphasis on fun


3rd/4th Girls House

  • Clinics Fridays 6-7:30pm (daylight permitting)
  • 7v7 games Saturdays and Sundays 12-1pm
  • Players divided into 16 balanced teams
  • Equal playing time, and equal opportunity to play all positions  

5th/6th Girls House

  • Clinics Mondays 6-7:30pm (daylight permitting)
  • Full-field games Saturdays and Sundays 9-10am or 10-11am
  • Players divided into 10 balanced teams
  • Equal playing time, and equal opportunity to play all positions  

 

TRAVEL LEAGUE

Travel Tryouts

  • We encourage all players to make as many tryouts as they can to maximize time in front of the evaluators
  • DYLax has discretion to “pull up” a player who may have been overlooked in tryouts
  • We may also not move any players after rosters are announced

5th & 6th Girls - Travel:  5th and 6th Grade Girls will have the option to try out for a Travel Team. There are two commitments we expect of travel players: 1) to honor your commitment to your House team, and 2) lacrosse must be your priority sport during the Spring season. Please read the Travel Commitment below.  There will be one or two practices/games during the week and additional sessions on the weekends.  We also are planning to add one indoor practice per week in April.

 
7th & 8th Girls - Travel:
  

DYLax fields six travel teams for 7th and 8th graders: 8A, 8B, 7A, 7B and two 7/8 seniors teams geared for those girls who choose to not make the same commitiment as those players on the A or B team but still want to play in a fun and competitive environment. Travel team placement is based upon the 3 "A's":  Attitude, Aptitude and Attendance. DYLax expects that if you play on an A or B team, you will make DYL travel lacrosse your PRIORITY this spring. DYLax reserves the option to move players when deemed appropriate.  Please read the Travel Commitment Language at the end of this page. Practice (and some games) will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Players who do not attend tryouts will autmatically be rostered on a 7/8 seniors team. Away games will be also be scheduled.

 

7th & 8th Girls Seniors - Travel:

This combined team of 7th and 8th grade girls is geared for those that don't wish to make the commitment to travel because of other obligations, but still want to play in a fun and competitive environment.  The girls practice twice a week, and have travel games on the weekend.  The big difference is you do not have to commit to all of the practices or games. Additionally tryouts are not necessary, and cuts are not made.  It is a great way to keep playing the game you love without the full time commitment.

 

 

 

Travel Commitment  

 

There is much competition for placement on Darien Youth Lacrosse travel teams and considerable time and effort is spent to create teams. Travel roster positions are a privilege. Every year, very deserving players are not offered roster positions because of the depth of our program. It is out of respect and consideration for those players that we enforce a 100% commitment policy. The core of DYLax is the robust house program. Full participation by every player in the age group gives us a depth of experience and ability that develops all players. 

5th - 8th grade A and B travel players are required to attend:

  •          All practices and games for their assigned team
  •          All house games and clinics (5/6th grade only)

Travel players who cannot or do not honor this commitment will have reduced playing time AND risk losing their travel roster spot.

We understand that occasionally players will have other non-sport related activities (mandatory school events, religious observances, etc.) that take priority. Players should discuss any anticipated absence(s) with his/her coach in advance. Players who cannot make a 100% commitment to DYLax should elect to participate in the house or Senior program.  

 

 

Communication 

  • Players should communicate directly with their coaches, including concerns or questions regarding playing time, positions, team placement
  • Exceptions for health issues such as allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, etc., which parents may communicate directly with coaches if they choose
  • All health issues will be kept strictly confidential
  • If parents have issues with a coach, they should contact the girls’ house or travel coordinator, after observing the 24 hour waiting period 


Mandatory Equipment

  • Protective Eye Gear/Shield
  • Mouth Guard
  • Girl's Lacrosse Stick
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CONNY Grade Based Age Filter

In 2017 CONNY lacrosse adopted a grade-based player segmentation policy for all member programs. The change was driven by the US Lacrosse age-based guidelines and their goal of increasing fairness and player safety. The CONNY policy, which is grade-based and has an age filter, is a modified version of the USL recommendation. The committee felt this configuration would encourage participation and better ensure fairness and safety. For players in grades 5-7, the age cutoff will be September 1st of the year preceding the season. Those born before September 1st would automatically play up one grade. Players who are “young in grade” (i.e., are younger than their grade's birthday span) have the option of staying with their grade or playing down in grade. The cutoff for 8th grade was moved back to March 1st of the year preceding the season, which results in an 18-month age span. This allows the vast majority of 8th graders to continue playing for their town program. Those 8th graders born before the cutoff date can petition CONNY to be allowed to play.